Wednesday, September 22, 2010

US Bank Arena

The US Bank Arena opened in 1975 as Riverfront Coliseum and was originally built to host a professional hockey team which was the WHA Cincinnati Stingers. When the WHA merged with the NHL, the Stingers were left out and played for a little while as a minor league team. Riverfront Coliseum as it was known had its share of problems in the early years with the most notable being The Who concert tragedy of 1979. Along with that, it was difficult for the coliseum to maintain tenants and attract shows.

The Riverfront Coliseum had several name changes over its existence from The Crown to the Firstar Center up until recent times being the US Bank Arena. The US Bank Arena underwent some major renovations and has become an updated arena and the deck which is part of the entrance to the arena was joined to the outer deck of Great American Ball Park. The Arena in recent years has attracted major sporting events and shows and has become the home of the Cincinnati Cyclones, an ECHL minor league hockey team with NHL affiliates.

Even with its ups and downs and criticism, the US Bank Arena has become part of Cincinnati and is the host to a championship hockey team making it one of my favorite places to visit downtown.

US Bank Arena
100 Broadway Street, Cincinnati

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